Dynamics of marginally trapped surfaces in a binary black hole merger: Growth and approach to equilibrium

  title={Dynamics of marginally trapped surfaces in a binary black hole merger: Growth and approach to equilibrium},
  author={Anshu Gupta and Badri Krishnan and Alex B. Nielsen and Erik Schnetter},
  journal={Physical Review D},
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